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Nicholas HOLDEN

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Surname: HOLDEN

Forename(s): Nicholas

Place of Birth: Darwen, Lancashire

Service No: 3809

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2/7th Battalion

Division: 65th (2/Lowland) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-05-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: ---

CWGC Cemetery: GRINDLETON (ST. AMBROSE) CHURCHYARD

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GRINDLETON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Nicholas Holden was the son of James and Sophia Holden, née Hill. James was born at Darwen, Lancashire and Sophia at Plump Hill, Gloucestershire.

1901 Darwen, Lancashire Census: Radfield Head - Nicholas Holden, aged 8 years, born Darwen, son of James and Sophia Holden.

1911 Darwen, Lancashire Census: 41, Radford Street - Nicholas Holden, aged 18 years, born Darwen, son of James and Sophia Holden.

Nicholas was married to Clara Jane Wrigley at St Ambrose's Church, Grindleton, 10 June 1914.

The British Army Service Record for Nicholas Holden exists but may be incomplete. [Nicholas died at the General Hospital, Colchester, Essex, of acute tubercle lung.]

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Nicholas Holden, 3809, 2/7 Bn R. Scots. Date and Place of Death: 12.5.16. Colchester. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Clara J. £2 14s. 2d.

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 65th (2/Lowland) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 65th (2/Lowland) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

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Surname: HOLDEN

Forename(s): Nicholas

Born: Lancaster

Residence: Grindleton, Lancs

Enlisted: Clitheroe, Lancs

Number: 3809

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Battalion: 7th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 12/05/16

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Home

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HOLDEN

Forename(s): N H

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3809

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Scots

Unit: 7th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 12/05/1916

Additional Information:

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‘Clitheroe Times’ (19 May 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

DEATH IN HOSPITAL

The news was received at Grindleton last week-end of the death of Private Nicholas Holden, of Rocking Castle, which occurred at Colchester Hospital, on Friday. Holden, who was 26 years of age, was only married about two years ago, responded to the call about five weeks ago, being attached to the Duke of Wellington’s (W.R.) Regiment. While training he contracted cold and complications set in, from which he died.

The remains of Private Holden were conveyed to his home, Rocking Castle, Grindleton, on Monday night, and the interment took place at the Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon. Although there were no military representatives present, a large concourse of people assembled at the Church, the mills having stopped for a portion of the afternoon. The cottagers, en route from the home to the Church had drawn the blinds as a last respect to the dead patriot, and as an expression of sympathy to the young widow and bereaved parents. The Rev. F.G. Ackerley conducted the service, and the choir attended, at the graveside chanting the Nunc Dimittis. Among the many wreaths were one from the widow; father and mother; Grindleton Mill; and from the masters and Employees of Greendale Mill “with deepest sympathy and a tribute of respect and esteem from those among whom he worked until his country’s call; he answered; he hath done what he could.

Grindleton War Memorial - Biographical Notes by Shirley Penman

NICHOLAS HOLDEN, son of James and Sophia nee Hill married 1889 Blackburn.
Husband of Clara Jane nee Wrigley married 10-6-1914, St. Ambrose, Grindleton. Was born at Darwen, his residence in Grindleton was only of short duration, as in the 1911 census his family were still living in Darwen; he enlisted at Clitheroe. He died whilst still in training from a cold and a tubular lung at the General Hospital in Colchester. Previous to enlisting he had worked at Greendale Mill in the village.

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Grindleton Memorial

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St Ambrose's Churchyard, Grindleton

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